Gozo represented in Italian conference on integration and multiculturalism

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Gozo represented in Italian conference on integration and multiculturalismGozo was represented in a conference held recently in Italy, which focused on the theme of integration and multiculturalism.

The Europe Direct Information Centre -Victoria, Gozo, represented by Ms Marlene Muscat, joined the College Principal Mr Victor Galea and a delegation from the Mikiel Anton Vassalli College, for the final event of the EASYTOWNS project, in the city of Vicenza, Italy.

The city of Vicenza is thriving and cosmopolitan, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas, villas, churches and elegant Renaissancepalazzi. With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and the renowned Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre), the “city of Palladio” has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

EASY TOWNS, an acronym which stands for European Accessible Sustainable Young TOWNS, is a project funded by the European Programme “Europe for Citizens.”

There were eleven cities from ten different countries present for this event, where all partners presented the results achieved in their cities. This was followed by workshops when these results were discussed by all partners. Follow up actions on what was already implemented and future ideas were developed.

Youths were selected as the strategic category of citizens to work with. Young students attending the Govanni Curmi Higher Secondary in Naxxar were represented by their Head of School Mr Gaetano Calleja, who shared with the delegates how a Diversity Team with the aim to celebrate all forms of diversity in society is being established in his school.

College Principal Mr Victor Galea, explained how diversity is central in the further education sector in Malta and Gozo and that funds from this project will help the young people here organise sustainable events to promote peace while celebrating diversity.

Professor Mattia Battistini from the Bologna University addressed all the EASTOWNS’ delegations with a presentation on “When we were migrants – food for thought for young generations.”

The Mayor of Vicenza highlighted the importance of integrating the people (migrants) from other countries in our societies so as to continue to enrich culture and peace around the world.

College Principal Mr Victor Galea and Mayor Achille Variati.exchanged gifts. Mr Galea presented the book Ted’s Gozo – a photographic testimony of the evolution of the island of Gozo.

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